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Public statement from the families of detained recently dismissed students from the University of Khartoum
UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran

The university suspended and permanently discontinued several students on claims that they had attacked a professor, without giving them a fair hearing as required by the institution’s regulations and natural justice. And then a number of the affected students were brutally attacked by officers from the national security services and detained in an unknown destination.

5 May 2016, Khartoum

We, the families of the following students who got recently dismissed from University of Khartoum and detained by NISS:
1. Badr Eldin Salah, Faculty of Economics
2. Wefag Gorashi, Faculty of the Arts
3. Hussein Yahiya Harran, Faculty of Science
4. Mai Adel, Faculty of Engineering
5. Mudathir Tayseer, Faculty of Science
6. Hamid Omer Dagno, brother of Mohamed Omer Hamid, Faculty of Engineering
7. Mohamed Mahjoub Outaiba, Faculty of Law
8. Hassan Aldai Mohamed, Faculty of Law
9. Ahmed Abdel Hakam, Faculty of Law
10. Mohamed Adam Hassan Abuzarga, Faculty of Geography and Environmental Studies,

Declare that we would not keep silent and let our sons and daughters stand alone confronting the university administration and the regime’s security services.

We bear the lives of our sons and daughters on the highest officials in the state. We also hold Ahmed Mohamed Sulieman, the head of the university and Alrasheed Hassan Sayed, the dean of students' affairs, responsible for their safety and academic development. It is our personal cause and we would hold NISS accountable for any harm caused to our sons and daughters.

On 3 May 2016, the University of Khartoum administration indefinitely suspended studies in colleges at the University of Khartoum main campus. Shortly after the suspension decree was announced, the university administration issued another decree of dismissal for 17 students in which six were definitely terminated from studying while 11 were dismissed for two years. The university administration, which accused them of attacking a professor, destroying public property and inciting violence, has issued the decree without forming investigation committees and thus denied them the right to defend themselves. This dismissal decrees are a clear violation of the university constitution, laws and regulations. They indicate the bias and partiality of the university administration. The dismissed students have delegated Mr. Nabeel Adeeb to file administrative suit against the university administration on the ground of their unfair dismissal.

Today 5 May 2016, in a seriously disturbing incident, an armed militia identified itself as NISS attacked the dismissed students inside the office of their lawyer, Mr. Nabeel Adeeb. They were brutally beaten before being taken to unknown place. The brutality of the arrest exposes the bad intentions that NISS is holding for our sons and daughters. We are highly concerned over their safety and wellbeing; especially their whereabouts remain unknown to us.

We are urging the university lecturers, students, civil society, political parties and the Sudanese public to stand by our side and support our just demands.